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State and Local Government

From Global to Local: the Future of Non-State Climate Action

Christina Bowman | Posted 01.02.2017 | Green
Christina Bowman

Last month, I woke up in Marrakech, Morocco, attending the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...

Socialist Kshama Sawant Talk About Progress for Seattle Workers

Robert Scheer | Posted 11.13.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer In this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer speaks with Kshama Sawant, the second socialist (and the first within one...

Never Turn Away A Voter That Has The Right to Vote

Desirae Hoover | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Desirae Hoover

Elizabeth Dohoney Ellis has an active voter for almost 50 years and works as a predict judge in South Polk county in Ace, Texas.

Presidency Is Important, But The Change We Seek Is Closer To Home

Jesse Moore | Posted 09.29.2016 | Black Voices
Jesse Moore

Even as we're all hypnotized by the presidential race, and the candidates' rhetorical responses to these incidents, we have to recognize that these issues, that impact us directly, that move us to tears and to march in our streets -- are almost exclusively controlled by state and local leaders. Not our president.

Can Pokemon GO Evolve Youth Engagement in Local Government?

Max Burns | Posted 08.08.2016 | Parents
Max Burns

$200 million in revenue and 100 million users later, it's safe to call Pokemon GO a sensation. The iPhone and Android mobile game encouraging players...

Cast Your Good Food Vote This Year

Melody Meyer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Melody Meyer

Last week I attended a fundraiser to garner support for the Jimmy Panetta for Congress campaign. It was an intimate, delicious affair sponsored by the Organic PAC on which I humbly sit as a committee member.

Suffocating Freedom: Plastic Bags, California's Progress, and Polluters' Fight to the Death

Hans Johnson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Hans Johnson

When California responded to a pervasive and costly form of blight by enacting the nation's first statewide ban on throwaway plastic bags, the victory...

Have You Heard The One About The 'Nice, Young Girl' Running For Office In Missouri?

Jacqui Oesterblad | Posted 06.30.2016 | Women
Jacqui Oesterblad

These remarks out of the Sweere campaign seem to have drawn no broader condemnation or blowback at all, and that bothers me. Unless we start naming blatant sexism for what it is, it's hard to imagine things ever changing.

Hey Sydney! Your Lockouts From an Outsider's Perspective

Jessica Elliott | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Jessica Elliott

Hey there, Sydney. It's me. Jess. I know it's been awhile. And sorry I haven't called lately, I've been a little busy. But I couldn't help but think of you as I enjoyed a delicious, hot, fresh kebab on the streets of Hong Kong at 5:00 this morning.

Ted Cruz's Assault on D.C.'s Local Laws Reveals His Hypocrisy

Danielle Higgins | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

If there is one thing that we can all agree on about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), it is that he is a staunch advocate of state rights and local control. But his belief in local control over local affairs clearly does not extend to those who actually live in Washington, D.C.

Latinos' Political Future Depends on Self-Empowerment

Ana Guerrero | Posted 10.06.2016 | Latino Voices
Ana Guerrero

This is the month when Latinos are officially celebrated for everything we have achieved and contributed to this country. Yet the celebration of Latino Heritage Month is bittersweet, because we remain the most underrepresented group in politics and government leadership.

Three Things Local Governments Can Do to Support Small Business

Jon Lieber | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
Jon Lieber

Some conventional wisdom might suggest that the government does best that does least, but when it comes to local for support for small business, this isn't always the case.

From What to How: Encouraging Dialogue on Municipal Climate Action

Marcus Andreas | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
Marcus Andreas

One aspect of the Climate Dialogue deals with exchanges and the learning process between municipalities. Information on numerous and diverse examples of good practice is provided by a range of brochures, data bases and competitions.

Public Opinion Overwhelmingly Supports Transparency: The Next Big Political Issue

David K. Rehr | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
David K. Rehr

The issues of transparency and accountability have moved beyond just declarations of support by politicians or their issuing a news release declaring strong support. Savvy politicians have the chance to become the champion of these issues in their respective levels of government.

Kalabagh Dam - A Pivotal Need for Pakistan?

Mariam Khan | Posted 11.30.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

Only if the discrepancies are kept aside and the general good of the people of the nation be focused upon, then only can the Kalabagh Dam be erected which can effectively put to rest a great number of problems faced by the citizens of Pakistan.

Ask Women to Run for Office to Lead and Change Our Communities

Erin Vilardi | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women
Erin Vilardi

We need more headlights, not headlines. But the brightest lights are not going to choose politics unless we make it an appealing, even noble, calling. W

Syria: Refugee Communities and Redrawing the Map of the Middle East

David Weiss | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
David Weiss

We must not overlook the longer-term needs that will grow out of a refugee crisis of this scale caused by a conflict with no resolution on the horizon.

Calling for Action: Mayors and Human Rights Agencies Seek Federal Support for Human Rights

JoAnn Kamuf Ward | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
JoAnn Kamuf Ward

Economic inequality, racial disparities in sentencing and lack of federal paid-parental-leave (which places working families in a precarious position), are in the headlines on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

Raising Wages: States and Cities Can Follow Obama's Lead on Tackling Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

Recent research shows that private corporations have sought to cash in on the services and infrastructure that working Americans rely on every day, while slashing wages and benefits in the process.

Chicago, NYC, LA and San Francisco Implementing New E-Cigarette Laws

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Not allowing e-cigarettes to be used indoors is a smart move for cities and towns that want to preserve the health of their community. Adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free laws is also practical. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes can continue to do so in the same places where regular cigarettes are smoked, while everyone else can continue to breathe clean air wherever they work, learn and play.

Attention Politicians: Campaigning On Financial Transparency Wins Elections

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Campaigning on financial transparency will win elections. America, is in fact, hungry for it. The highly respected George Washington University Batt...

At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

Irv Katz | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

And it appears to be catching on. Google "innovation conferences" and 28.7 million listings come up. That's a lot of innovating...or conferencing. Wh...

Technology That Leads Local Governments Forward

Steve Lucas | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Steve Lucas

The important thing for these cities will be to find and adopt next generation technology platforms that easily scale to the right size for a city in terms of ease of use, flexibility and cost.

El Hacker Cívico: Civic-Minded Techies Gain Sway with Government in Mexico and Beyond

Theresa Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Theresa Bradley

That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.

Opportunities for the Arts in Our New Mayor's One New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

I believe the advancement of the arts and culture sector, now and always, depends on oneness, by which I mean both our united advocacy for the work we do and our continued alignment with the issues at the table citywide; the arts and culture and the City are one.